Car Color and Money

Posted on April 7, 2015 | General Advice

Choosing the color of your car can be a very personal decision.  There certainly are those that don’t really car too much about the color of their car and then there are those that want a very specific unique color.  All are legitimate.  However, when it comes to the resale value of your car, color […]

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Too Many Sales Events

Posted on March 24, 2015 | Buying Advice, General Advice

There are so many car sale events throughout the year.  You have President’s Day Sales, Fourth of July Sales and some kind of sale it seems every other weekend.  So when are the sales actually a good deal? The best time of the year to buy a car is at the end of the calendar […]

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Clean Car During A Drought

Posted on March 3, 2015 | General Advice

You want to keep your car clean but how to do it in the middle of the worst drought in centuries?   Your local car wash keeps raising their prices.  Your nosy neighbors give you the evil eye whenever you turn on the hose.  Yet you have some pride and a lot of love for […]

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Pay for a Used Car Safely

Posted on February 17, 2015 | Buying Advice

Buying a used car from a private party can save you a lot money relative to purchasing it at a dealership.  However, there are certain risks and extra work involved, not least of which is the actual exchange of money.   Let’s assume that you want the car, agree on the price, and have had […]

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When the AC Won’t Stop!

Posted on February 3, 2015 | Repair Issues

One of the problems with the old BMW 3 series (E46) is their electronics. For example, I now have a problem with an electronic component of the air conditioner. My problem is that the air conditioner does not slow down when the car is cooled to the set temperature. The symptoms are obvious – the […]

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TrueCar the new MSRP

Posted on January 27, 2015 | Buying Advice

When TrueCar first came out the dealers hated them.  Dealers would fight each other to “win” and give the best price to the interested buyer, often at a loss.  Then this new price would lower the average price, reset the lowest price sold car and the cycle would start again.   Dealers hated it so much […]

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Car vs. Bird – Poop

Posted on January 20, 2015 | General Advice, Repair Issues

You’ve seen the cars, the ones with bird poop caked and baked on the hood.  While most car owners wouldn’t care a wink about such a mess, you are not one of them.  No, you love your car. You take care of it, on the outside, in the cabin, under the hood.  Your car is […]

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Car vs. Dog – Protecting Your Car

Posted on December 24, 2014 | General Advice

We love our cars.  We love our dogs.  We hate the two of them together.   Dogs get an amazing amount of pleasure riding in our cars, often in the classic “head out the window” pose. And we love taking them to the beach, local park or hiking trail.  But we hate what they do […]

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Peer to Peer Reliability Data

Posted on December 16, 2014 | Buying Advice, General Advice

There are plenty of websites and forums you can access when researching your next car.  Most new car sites and magazines will give you a review of the car based on driving the latest model.  Others, like consumer reports, will provide you with some reliability information but not much in terms of specific issues and […]

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